Human tissue

Edge Hill University undertakes ethically approved research involving human tissue. We have a research licence issued by the Human Tissue Authority (licensing number 12632) to lawfully store human tissue on the premises under the Human Tissue Act 2004.


The University views all human tissue as a valuable resource and we are grateful to those who have donated tissue samples.

All staff and students using human tissue are expected to adhere to the Human Tissue Authority’s guiding principles, as laid out in its codes of practice:

  • Consent: The wishes of the donor have primacy when removing, storing and using human tissue
  • Dignity should be paramount in the treatment of human tissue
  • Quality should underpin the management of human tissue
  • Honesty and openness should be the foundation of communications in matters pertaining to the use of human tissue.

As part of our commitment to these guiding principles we publish our Human Tissue Authority inspection reports.

If you have any enquiries or concerns regarding Edge Hill University’s activities involving human tissue, please write to:

URESC Secretary, Research Office, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, L39 4QP

Human Tissue Management Sub-Committee (HTMSC)

The University has a Human Tissue Management Sub-Committee (HTMSC), which is responsible for producing the Human Tissue Quality Manual – the policies and procedures governing the acquisition, use, storage, and disposal of human tissue by our staff and students. The HTMSC also monitors compliance with the quality manual and the conditions of the Human Tissue Research Licence, and oversees training and support relating to activity under the licence.

EHU researchers: you can now find information on working with human tissue on the research wiki.

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